Greiss, Varlamov combine for Isles’ shutout of Jackets

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  • Thomas Greiss and Semyon Varlamov combined for 39 saves in a rare two-goalie shutout Saturday night for the host New York Islanders, who snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0.
  • Greiss made the first nine saves before exiting for undisclosed reasons with 5:54 left in the opening period. Cameras captured an Islanders trainer checking the pulse of Greiss, who remained on the bench for the remainder of the game and embraced Varlamov following the buzzer.
  • The combined shutout is the third in Islanders history and the first since April 4, 1998, when Tommy Salo played the first 53:01 before receiving a game misconduct following a brawl.
  • He was replaced by Wade Flaherty, who closed out the 3-0 win over the New York Rangers.
  • Greiss, who exited with a 1-0 lead, is the first Islanders goalie to ever earn a win after playing less than one period.
  • Anders Lee scored early in the first period, and Mathew Barzal scored late in the second for the Islanders, who went 0-2-1 on a three-game West Coast road trip.

“Honestly, this one goes to [Varlamov],” Lee said. “Coming in cold, quick change there and really shutting the door on a team that had quite a bit of chances. I think the shot totals might have been a little high for what we would like to see, but a shutout nonetheless and [Varlamov] deserves a lot of credit for that.”

“Probably just a little sickness or whatever,” New York coach Barry Trotz said of Greiss. “He just said, ‘I don’t know if I should stay in.’ [Varlamov] did a real good job. He came in cold, and I thought our bench responded pretty good. The next few shifts, we kept in their end a little bit until he could get warmed up and into the game.

“I thought he made some real timely saves. He looked huge in the net, just real confident.”

Sources & Credits: The Guardian, NHL
NHL Highlights | Blue Jackets vs. Islanders – Nov. 30, 2019

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